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NCAA Tournament Recap (Gonzaga-Minnesota)

Posted: Thur March 11, 1999 at 7:58 p.m. EST

SEATTLE (Ticker) -- Richie Frahm scored 16 of his 26 points in the first half and his 3-pointer with 1:22 to play blunted a desperate rally as 10th-seeded Gonzaga turned back undermanned seventh-seeded Minnesota, 75-63, in the first round of the NCAA Tournament in the West Region.

Frahm went 4-of-4 from 3-point range in the first half as the Bulldogs made their first six shots from beyond the arc en route to a 25-13 lead. Gonzaga (26-6) extended its lead to 51-30 early in the second half and withstood a spirited charge by the Gophers, led by freshman walk-on Dusty Rychart.

Playing without starting guard and second-leading scorer Kevin Clark, starting forward Miles Tarver plus reserves Terrance Simmons and Antoine Broxsie due to allegations of academic violations, Minnesota failed to develop any rhythm on either end of the court for the first 26-plus minutes.

But Rychart, who finished with career highs of 23 points and 17 rebounds, tirelessly worked for second shots and rebounds. Minnesota (17-11) closed within 65-63 on his free throws with 1:43 to go before Frahm's back-breaking 3-pointer from the left wing 21 seconds later, starting a game-closing 10-0 run.

The Bulldogs won the first NCAA Tournament game in school history and will play second-seeded Stanford in the second round Saturday. Gonzaga is making just its second appearance in the field of 64, losing in its debut in 1995.

According to a report in Wednesday's St. Paul Pioneer Press, Jan Gangelhoff, a former office manager at Minnesota, claimed she did schoolwork for current and former players since 1993.

The report indicated that members of Minnesota's 1996-97 Final Four team and four current members -- Clark, Tarver, Broxsie and Jason Stanford -- were recipients of Gangelhoff's work. The school opted to declare the four players ineligible as it conducts an internal investigation.

Gonzaga came out firing from all angles as Frahm buried four 3-pointers in the first 7:45 to provide a 25-17 lead. The advantage expanded to 35-22 on a 17-footer by Matt Santangelo with 6:55 to go and the Bulldogs held a 45-26 halftime lead.

They shot 56 percent (15-of-27) from the field in the opening 20 minutes and 7-of-12 from beyond the arc. Meanwhile, Minnesota was 11-of-30 from the floor.

Minnesota trailed 51-30 after Gonzaga's Mark Eaton had a lay-in with 18:03 to play. The Gophers methodically worked their way into the contest with an 11-3 run, making it 54-41 on a bucket by Mitch Ohnstead, who replaced Clark in the starting lineup.

After a 10-footer in the lane by Quentin Hall, Rychart had a three-point play and follow shot around a follow by Joel Przybilla as the Gophers closed to 56-48. By this point, the Bulldogs were playing not to lose instead of trying to win and their offense stagnated.

Minnesota pulled to 58-54 on a reverse by Rychart with 6:29 to go but Przybilla was called for goaltending on a shot by Santangelo before Frahm made a tough eight-footer as he was fouled, rebuilding the lead to 63-54 at the 5:47 mark.

Santangelo had 14 points, eight assists and four steals for the Bulldogs, who shot 46 percent (25-of-55) and 9-of-21 from 3-point range. The Bulldogs were outrebounded 46-33 but held Minnesota to 37 percent (26-of-71) shooting.

Ohnstead played all 40 minutes while Rychart logged 37. Ohnstad averaged barely more than 20 minutes per game while Rychart played less than eight per game.

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